Sunday, October 23, 2011

An obituary for the dear departed Sari

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I have fond memories of the sari.  Coming home to bury my face in the softness of my grandmother’s customary white un-starched taant, keys dangling at its end, inhaling the scents – a heady mix of incense sticks, and paan and kitchen spices.   Watching my Maa wrap herself in silken splendour, the intricate motifs shimmering under the lights, the aanchal flowing over her shoulder like a cascading waterfall.  

For me it was not just a sari but a six yard fantasy.  As a young girl, I badly wanted one for myself, to feel the swish of the silk as I would glide around the room feeling like a princess.  It is in a sari that I took my first step into womanhood, ready to take flight from my cocooned existence. 

There was a time when I used to wear one everyday – not because I was a six yard fanatic, but simply because it was the dress code at work. Initially I found it a menace.  Having to get up early in the morning, spending anxious moments in front of the mirror to get the pleats right.  Walking in an ungainly manner, tripping over the pleats at the most inopportune moments.  I felt it cramped my natural athletic style of climbing three stairs at a time.  So petrified I was of my sari coming undone that I would overdose on safety pins.  Yes, I singlehandedly managed to make even the lungi look elegant.  One look at me and my friends would shove me into the cabin, bang the door shut and re-tie it for me.   Slowly I mastered the art of draping - a tuck here, a nip there, the subtle dip that brings out the essence of femininity so beautifully. 

Very few attires hold as much mystery and allure as a sari.  One can wear it a little low to show off our newly discovered washboard abs, pair it with a backless blouse to bring out the diva in us.  And on days we feel like Mother Teresa and crave for world peace, we can drape it to cover every visible inch of our body.  Now which other garment can match such versatility?  

And the mind boggling variety of patterns, weaves and hues it comes in – each with its distinctive legacy. From flirty Chanderis, to elegant Gadhwals, to the opulent Banarasis, to the gorgeous Dhakai Jamdanis, to colourful Ikkats, we are spoilt for choice.  

Nothing can parallel the joy of buying a sari – beautiful cottons that bring alive the magic of weavers and their looms, the feel of silk as you trace the intricate patterns with your fingers and the silent gasp as the showroom salesman unfurls the pallu with a flourish – just like a magician, presenting his grand finale.  

A well draped sari is a sure fire head turner.  In fact it is the only garment that does full justice to the Indian woman’s curves.  Your belief is reinforced when you see a firang lady draped in one – she looks like a pencil wrapped in a kerchief!  Then why is it that the cosmopolitan naari prefers giving it a miss? You will find her in pants, harem pants, hot pants, jodhpurs, shorts, skirts long and short and the occasional churidar kurta, but she will invariably give the traditional yarn a skip. 

In my glamorous village Gurgaon, spotting a woman in a sari is akin to spotting a tiger in the forest reserves of Sariska!  Strangely, when she gets together with her friends, all she does is crib about saris collecting dust in her closet. 

I understand one has to adapt to changing times and for everyday wear, the sari is getting cumbersome. It is no more a practical option. It is far more convenient to slip in to a pair of jeans.  I am no different, even my closet is crammed with pants and dresses.  

The jooda is almost extinct, tying your hair in a plait is considered too behenjee and we wear saris only on special occasions.  Sadly our tastes are veering towards the gaudy, heavily embellished creations that will make even a peacock blush.   In our slavish pursuit of brands and bling, numerous textile arts are dying a slow death.  Isn’t it ironic that at the state Emporia Complex which showcases our country’s distinctive handicrafts, I see more foreigners than Indians!   

Thanks to lack of patronage, weavers who created fantasies with their skilled hands are compelled to take up other professions.  

Maybe the death of the traditional sari is more of a big city phenomenon, where the sophisticated femme is eager to conform to global trends.   She’d rather blend in than stand out.   So how can we expect our gen-next girls to be any different!  For most of them the six yard fabric is an alien concept.  How many of them can differentiate a Pochampalli from a Patola or for that matter kuchipudi from kathak?  I don’t think my daughter will ever wear one until she is threatened with dire consequences.  When I was her age I would forever be pleading with my Maa to let me wear one of her gorgeous saris to a family wedding.  I can’t foresee my progeny doing the same.   

Agreed, as an evolving society we cannot afford to waste time on bemoaning a past that had to be sacrificed at the altar of progress.  But isn’t it our ethnicity and cultural roots that sets us apart from the surging mass of humanity that drinks coffee from Starbucks, drools over Haagen Dazs ice creams and swears on Calvin Klein jeans? 

I am aware that a lot of young college going girls read my blog.  Allow me to sound like your Mom this time.  Agreed that change is the essence of life, but why let go of your Indianness, your rich heritage!   Yes, we have brown skin, we put on fat at all the wrong places, we love our food spicy, our festivals are loud, our movies even louder – so what?  It’s time we felt proud of how different we are from the rest of the world.  

And remember, it’s only when our foundations are strong can we survive all odds – just like a well-rooted tree that can withstand the stormiest of weather and still hold its ground.

Dear Sari, you can trust us to not let you down. You are too beautiful, too majestic to let go of.  There will come a time when we won’t wait for a Diwali or a wedding to air our Paithanis...a time when wearing a sari itself will be the cause for celebration....

So don’t you fret – I know you will be back with a vengeance.

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  1. Sari is the quintessential Indian dress. It exists in different forms and styles all over the country. Each region having a distinct way and art of draping it.
    In a way, it symbolizes the unity in diversity of the nation.
    But to be frank, the "Glittery" ones which many ladies wear are a rather eyesore.
    The only time I have been into a Sari shop is during the marriage of a cousin and my opinion was sought on deciding which ones to buy. They all loved my suggestions but I still get nightmares.
    P.S. I will sue you if I get brain hemorrhage because of trying to think of a comment.

  2. I love saree myself but ahem I just can't drape it..well perfectly :)

  3. Sometimes I feel that the Non-Resident Indian community does a much better job of "maintaining" the Indianness of all Indian traditions!

    Absolutely loved your writing on this one. You're bettering even the best!

  4. There you go have been remembered....

    sari can make any women look beautiful...and sexy...and classy :)

  5. I wore a saree for the first time when i was in the 10th grade and from then on i was hooked! Surprising I've always been comfortable in a saree and never had a problem learning to tie one (thank you mom!).

    A lot of young girls seem proud of the fact that they have never worn a saree or that they have no clue how to tie one... And if they do wear it sometime, its only those blingy blingy netted sarees.. Whatever happened to the good old simple cotton sarees! Those are always my first option, i wore it for dusherra recently on my blog.
    Anyway good post! :)

  6. This is the best tribute to a Sari! I totally agree it brings out the best in Indian woman!

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  8. I too never wore saree often while I was in India except on ethnic days at office and during my marriage and other's marriages.
    I was very comfortable wearing saree and I used to carry it very well off ( used to like boys looking back at me :-p)..
    I always wanted to tie a crisp cotton saree very neatly with many (I don't know what you call it)layered steps? or what ever, instead I tied saree without steps (like the way the picture in this post is showing, this way people can see what design at the end of the saree was.) I like Mysore silk saree a lot since it is comfortable.

    Now I had pleaded my cousin to get me few salwar kameez stiched for me and send it to me via post, I am missing my Indian dresses..Next will be saree :-))

    PS: Purba, I had to remove my previous comment since it had lots of spelling mistakes ( I was excited to write about saree) :-)

  9. Im so sorry for the sari....forgive me but I just couldnt resist writing that :D.. Indian women do look exquisitely beautiful in a sari..

  10. You're so right Purba. I can't remember the last time I _wanted_ to wear a Sari. I always managed to give it a skip, whenever I could. I find it uncomfortable, and restricting. Now I know, that its only because I never gave it a shot.

    I remember watching Mom wearing those gorgeous Sari's while gearing up for a busy day at work. We coorgs have a very different way of wearing a Sari, its back to front, and no swishing _palloo_. You should check it out. I know the entire community loves their women in that attire, I love too!

  11. Hello.
    Visiting from the group Bloggers.

    A woman in a properly-draped sari is a beautiful sight to behold. My sister used to wear them all the time back in the day. Now she mainly wears Western clothes.

    Sadly, as with everything else, fashions evolve, sometimes not for the better.

    Lovely post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Undress Me With Your Sultry Eyes

  12. Absolute post.
    Saare > Any other clad.
    My Maa drapes it almost regularly, her workplace dress code.

  13. Yeah, let's hope festivals and weddings keep it alive!!!!

  14. My question to the author is, what did the pre-historic (Indian) women wear? Did she look less appealing in her scant primal attire? Or did her children find less solace burying their faces in her bosom? Why don't we mourn the vanishing of our ancestral ways?

  15. Anindita Fahad...Am very proud to announce that the saree is alive and well....abroad! It drapes the non-residents in nostalgia and yearning, whilst allowing us to revel in our heritage.

  16. Snow...Since your opinion is so sought after, I might consider dragging you with me on my next expedition :p

    Pooja...It comes with practice :)

    Kartikay...Is it because distance makes the heart grow fonder?
    And I honestly didn't expect boy-men to respond so positively to this post :)

  17. Sub...And I know for a fact that men love to see their women in a sari :)

    Chandana...I wonder why we have to speak our local languages with a firang accent, profess ignorance about customs - what's wrong with us!

    Rahul...And it's fast disappearing from our closets.

  18. Bhawana...I love Mysore Silks - they drape so beautifully!

    Rahul...Hahah..we are all sorry for the Indian nari who prefers giving the sari a a miss :)

    Pzes...And Coorgi women are so beautiful. You should try wearing a Coorgi style sari one of these days - pls..pls...pls..

  19. Andy...The sari has evolved into a gaudy, sequined thing which can make even a peacock blush!

    Prateek...Three cheers to your Ma :)

    Giribala...And the NRI community :)

  20. Umashankar...Are you suggesting that the modern woman is too covered up for her own good!

    You have put it so beautifully, Anindita.

  21. The sari is the most graceful dress and i think it looks fab...if draped properly!

  22. I hope some young Indian women take a tip or two from this post. I think saree is one of those attires through which one can reflect almost every feminine characteristic !! I would say more than wearing it correctly, what is more important is how you carry it. Sometimes, I see young women or some foreign women who wear it correctly but cant carry it with elegance. There is not a bigger turn off than a woman wearing an expensive saree draped perfectly with proper pleats but walking with open feet or taking broad steps in it.

  23. A detailed and deep investigation about saari. I am really amazed at the researched material you put in the article to make it such a wonderful read. It is a newspaper material. It can also go in a magazine as well.what a wonderful writer you are! It was just a treat to read this one.

  24. Aah....the wearing of a sari- I love them, wear them with ease whenever the occasion ,blouse and mood fits. BUT I cant stand it when some oh-so-helpless-look-at-me-Iam-such-a-"modern"-woman claims that she needs her maid to drape it on her every time despite having worn one at least a dozen times! I mean,it's not rocket science and with a roomy petticoat and a little practice at securing a few wayward pleats , any woman should be able to drape it nicely .

    PS:Sorry , ranting a little about one of my pet peeves here.

  25. Aneeta...We know it yet we chose not to wear it :) when you say not everyone can do justice to the sari. It requires a certain feminine grace.

    Neeraj...Tongue tied and wondering how to react to such effusive praise :) Will a simple thank you suffice?

    MRC...And I enjoyed reading your rant! But I feel tying a well starched cotton sari requires expertise :)

  26. An heartfelt ode to the ultimate ensemble of feminity. Thankfully tele serials,weddings and Bollywood have made sure that the Sari stays.
    The sentence about ur grandmas sari reminded me of my grandmas unstartched sari, the scents, the key rings, the incredible softness....

  27. Purba, this time i have to say that the title is not appropriate. If saree is already departed then how can this generation embrace it?

    I am one saree lover, and i love to wear sarees from all parts of India. I wear western casual clothes but don't miss any chance to wear a saree. Of course, it gives the freedom to be demure or glamorous depending on the accessories and cut and style of the dress, so it goes well with most of the occasions.

    I really liked the idea of you urging your young readers not to ignore our traditional dress, but the title broke my heart! Saree is alive... and very much!


  28. Well, I'm fifteen, an NRI, and I honestly can't wait to be old enough to wear a sari. It looks so beautiful and sophisticated if you wear it well. But I dislike ordinary saris-I'd much prefer the beautiful silk ones:)

  29. Alka...The world seemed so perfect then :)

    Restless...I am glad you think it is still alive. But how many of us are still patronizing handloom saris? What I see around me is an overdose of bling and our beautiful traditional weaves have been relegated to an unseen corner.

    cricketfreak....Even tissue saris look good :)

  30. girls LISTEN TO HER, women look much sexier when is saree. remember miss chandni?

  31. Agree on all points. I think the sari is one of the most graceful garments worn by women. Apart from the variety of weaves, there are also the variety of ways in which it is tied. One way in Bengal, one in Gujarat, and yet another down south-the traditional / ceremonial sari tied by TamBram women is 9 yards long! I kid you not.

    One grouse I have is how sari designs have been trashed all thanks to television and those ghastly sequined nightmares the females drape themselves in. My heart just bleeds.

  32. Definitely! Saree will be back with a vengeance:) And hopefully i will be alive till then:P

  33. manic.hunter...Ms Chandni minus her cacophonous singing!

    Deepa...I am praying this overwhelming display of bad taste and wealth is just a passing phase.

    Cloud Nine....Haha..we can keep the tradition alive by wearing our saris more often :)

  34. What ever it be, the charm and elegance of Saree wearing is something to vouch for.

  35. There was a time, when I thought that a cotton sari would just make my more than ample rear look , well, huger than huge, but I've come to disregard the hugeness and love the comfort and elegance ever since I've had to lug the kid around to some formal(sari only) occasions :D Yes, it does take a bit of practice, but a friend of mine showed me a neat trick to make it look well tied, and I've never had a problem since(fingers crossed)

  36. So sarri,
    we cannot you carry
    we leave in a flurry,
    we have no fury,
    though we hurry,
    though we marry,
    though we carry,
    we just dont recognize the Sari.
    so saari.

    wonderful post,and it really does make me wonder what's with not wearing a sari?

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  38. it knows what to conceal
    it knows what to reveal
    also it knows how to tweak itself
    to give your desired appeal...:D

    i look forward to wearing saree(some time)...i just love the dress!

  39. Why let go of our Indianess.. loved that line :) :) :)

  40. I adore saris. I think they are super glamorous and amazingly beautiful.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  41. Its practically impossible to expect people to wear sarees regularly these days, agreed that its the most sensuous attire n all that, but still who are we kidding! :D

  42. Ayyangar Sir - Agree :)

    MRC...I like Kerala cottons, especially the Kasavu saris.

    Gyanban...I am sari, this verse challenged naari is unable to think of a fitting response :)

  43. A grain of sand ...We all know it yet we"ll give it a miss!

    SuKupedia....Thank you :)

    Bonnie...It lends a rare elegance to your persona.

    Ana-treek...I am not ready to give up on it, at least not yet!

  44. hey Purba
    Happy post! I love dis part..'But isn’t it our ethnicity and cultural roots that sets us apart from the surging mass of humanity that drinks coffee from Starbucks, drools over Haagen Dazs ice creams and swears on Calvin Klein jeans?'
    Well said.You've put it in a very beautiful way

  45. Indeed a very Sarii state of affairs :) but yea like you said..sari will soon make a comeback :)

  46. I'm going to make my Mom read this post next time she tries to dissuade me from wearing a saree at a function..!!
    Very beautiful post, I really loved it. There are times when I see my friends wearing all those minis & stuff & then wonder why I can't carry it off like them.May be 'coz I don't want to! I'm happy in my ethnic wear, my kurtis & suits :)

  47. Vishal...And this is the reality, isn't it?

    India's no.1 blog...I am glad that most guys agree :)

    Rinaya....Really? I am surprised. And Orissa makes the most beautiful saris!

  48. I'm a recent convert actually; I preferred the comfort of my jeans and tee any day to the five yard nightmare that it was.
    Even now, I don't know how to drape it but I have fallen i love with the one that I wore for Gokulashtami, it was pure heaven. Only a saree can make you feel sexy and demure at the same time...
    And they make you feel like a princess too.

    Maybe I won't wear them as often as my mother's generation does, as often as I would like to, but after my last experience I'll always make sure I find atleast one of two occasions a year to indulge and drape myself in silky richness:)

    Nice tribute, Madame:)

  49. Purba,

    Read all pending posts. Hope you have got copyrights on Amar one as it is sure to be made into movie soon. You set me wondering who all did you take a dig at in Paris one, you had roped in so many of them starting with Air India not forgetting Dev Anand and Maywati. Do not know whether to laugh at the way you modernized Sita or worry about you. Hope you passpost is current in case someone from numerous Senas reads these. This one, times are changing but you are right that inspite of progress we should not forget our rich culture.

    Take care

    PS : Your style of presenting even serious topics is so enjoyable.

  50. Give me the sari any day. When I was new to Delhi, the cold daunted me and I began wearing salwar suits. I wear any kind, except silk ones made from silkworms, but mostly handloom ones. I gave away all my kanjeevarams two decades or more ago for that reason. All I have today is the nine yard silk wedding sari.

    The sari is actually not so difficult to manage. It is just a mental block. One can do so many things wearing a sari -- look at the village women and you have the proof. I do hope the day doesn't dawn when one has to actually write an obit to the sari.

  51. My personal take:
    I guess the main reasons that girls don't like to wear sarees:

    1. It takes TOO MUCH TIME to put on compared to other garments. Why would a girl want to spend 20-30 minutes trying to struggle to drape a saree when she is getting late for work/appointment?

    2. Your general MOBILITY - feet and body movements - are restricted severely in a sari. You cannot run, jump, skip and hop easily in a sari compared to salwar-kameez/jeans and shirt/tops.

    3. The heavy/silk type sarees are NOT conducive to India's generally hot and humid climate. Only the light cotton ones are somewhat suitable.

    All in all, in my opinion, the saree is a very poor "FUNCTIONAL" dress. It is okay to be worn occasionally at leisure for parties /traditional functions.

    I sometimes get quite frustrated at the amount of time my wife takes while struggling to put on a sari, when we are supposed to go out quickly somewhere. She's not quite adept at it and I have to help her out. She personally is not very comfortable with sarees either and wears it because of "societal/familial expectations" of a newly married wife (Bullsh*T!). I have strongly recommended to her that she rather NOT wear a saree unless she is desperately desires herself, and she learns to wear one under 10 minutes!

    And I don't agree with the standard "Indian culture/heritage/tradition/roots" argument to persuade girls to wear sarees. It will put them off even more. (At least it would put me off completely; as soon as a superstition/tradition/culture reason is given for persuading me into something, I tend to get more negatively biased towards it :-)) Maybe you should focus more on the sexiness/desirability factor of the saree you want to put a point across. Or maybe try the experimentalist approach: "Why don't you give it a try? If you don't like it, you need not wear it anymore."

    In the end, dressing up is a purely personal thing. Wear whatever you like, and whatever you feel comfortable in!

  52. Its sad to see a saree dying. My mom's sarees always fascinated me, and I really want to preserve them forever...

    Its a sad demise...though I wish it wasn't happening...

  53. Fresh out of PG ,new to the job market ,new to a racing life in Mumbai,I decided to be experimental and at 24 yrs of age decided to embrace this regal attire called Sari.Alas my determination to impress my students was shortlived..the very students who helped gather my pleats,my pallu and one of my kolhapuri chappals and my 'izzat' from beneath the local train after I tripped,were introduced a little while later to me in my first ever class in college.I still love Saris and Kolhapuri chappals ,but strictly on others!

  54. My mother wore her saree in a function try to dissuade me from the next time you read this post will help.
    Publishing is very lovely, I really loved it. My friends and my cousins ​​all the mini and things to do, I do not want to perform like them.May wondered why we could not see, and then when the time is wearing! I'm happy to wear my ethnicity

    love sms

  55. I love saree, unfortunately I don't have any idea whatsoever on draping :D I've not given up though!

  56. Priyanka...Wow PeeVee is now trademarked!
    Of course we are all different from our Moms, isn't it what evolution is all about? But I'm glad there are girls like you and Renaya who haven't given up on the sari :)

    Jack..I almost feel guilty when you have to read so many posts in one go. Please feel free to skip the posts you don't like :)

    Locutus...We will all have our justifications for why we should or should not wear a sari.

    All I know is a well draped sari is a guaranteed head turner. It comes in beautiful weaves and gives you the freedom to experiment. Chiffons and cottons are just right for Indian summers and silks should be kept aside for winters.

    And once you get the hang of it, you hardly take 5-7 minutes to drape one :)

  57. Siddhartha...They are not just saris they are a tapestry of memories :)

    Sharmila....I remember I was in college, when I saw a girl's slip-ons slip off her dainty foot as she boarded the U special. Imagine going back home with just one slipper on! That memory haunted me for years.
    Btw your anecdote deserves a post :)

    lovesms...So glad that you do

  58. Kiran...Don't you ever give up!

    Zephyr..It is a mental block that suits us. Wish the gentleman had read your comment before posting his opinion :)

  59. Loved the post! But an obituary is a little too early I feel. Though lots of young ppl don't regularly wear sarees, I do know a lot of them who looovvve Sarees. And ppl from older generation prefer them.

    In fact, I myself, think Sari means simply six yards of elegance and grace (I have a post on saree too in my drafts folder from ages). I leave no occasion to wear one despite the fact that I can't drape one around myself without any help nor can I walk properly with one.

    I have tried out wearing one in all styles except Bengali style(Couldn't find anyone who could help me with this style).

    Mysore silks and Handloom silks are my fave(for some reason I am not a fan of Kanjeevaram). I am all the time behind my Mom that she wears a cotton sari but she doesn't like the maintenance jhanjhat which comes with it.

    Am @ home for Diwali vacations now. Going straight from here to get a saree from my Mom's wardrobe and try it on :D

  60. Purba,

    What you want me to miss my
    A-musement? Please do not feel guilty. It is I who should feel so for not visiting often.

    Take care

  61. I've often had this debate on the sari with mom. She says it's the most beautiful, sensual and gorgeous garment ever created in the history of mankind and I'd say it's just a hassle draping it around your body like an over-sized dupatta. But I'm slowly starting to realize that an Indian girl does indeed look the best while wearing one. It brings out her feminine charms like no other piece of clothing does. I have memories of wearing the sari on Saraswati puja when I was a kid. But sadly enough that tradition has been conveniently shelved with the passage of time. :(

  62. wow-the sari would be so glad to read this and so would be the many young girls who read you-i wish i also had the right figure to wear a sari and i would probably never get out of it-you know the sari also needs a little bit of reinventing and it would be back in business....

    but this is such a cute reminder to take out some of mine-alrite, lemme wear one just like that for my next outing and tell you how it was:-)

  63. Sapna..It's an obituary to the traditional sari. Everyone seems to prefer the jhtaak variety :)

    And I have never tried draping my sari in the traditional Bengali style -it's not very practical :)

    Jack...And I will be visiting your blog soon :)

    Sam...I feel it is an acquired taste just like caviar :)

    Suruchi...I feel it is the hassle of getting a blouse stitched and never knowing how it will turn out, that keeps so many of us away from the sari.

  64. "And I have never tried draping my sari in the traditional Bengali style -it's not very practical" -->
    Our coorgi style saree has pleats at the back --> would you believe it..i can tie this style in a jiffy, but still can't manage the regular saree too well---> so you see, practise is all it takes. What you've practised you master...But you've inspired me need to master this regular saree.. :)

  65. Lovely read! This beautiful attire is becoming a thing for festivities. And that includes me, I cant imagine wearning a saree everyday to work, keep wondering at how ppl do it so comfortably :)

  66. an interesting read..being a working woman myself....i experience first hand the difficulties of wearing sari to work, especially the commute...due to which I have turned to suit/kurti and westerns...but i love saris and buy them....wear them on social occasions....but ur right....a well draped sari is so elegant!!!

  67. Aashica...The Bengali drape needs a heavy bunch of keys to keep it in place :) But the Coorgi style sounds really intriguing :)

    Ambika...Once you get the hang of it, the sari doesn't seem as daunting.

    Sushmita...I love buying saris even though I don't get to wear them as much as I'd like to :)

  68. Well said. I completely am with you on the sad demise of the Sari especially in urban areas. I love draping this gorgeous outfit, but unfortunately everytime I do so at work, people look at me like i am from Mars or wish me a happy birthday or happy anniversary! I wonder if Salwar suits will go the same way next. Wearing a sari is still looked at as retrograde and noone who wants to blend in will drape on for fear of being called 'behenji' or 'aunty'. I hope someday Indians take some pride in this.

  69. I think it's practical to keep saris, lehengas, and for men, the traditional crisp white dhotis and colorful turbans for festive and some formal occasions.
    Saris and dhoties are difficult to maintain and a lot of people who have not switched to salwars and the western jeans due to social prohibitions (where western clothes or even salwar-kurta are not permitted) have switched to synthetic and nylon saris, which are easier to maintain but are responsible for many fire accidents in the kitchen.
    In Kerala and Bombay sari has been replaced by the full length nightie, which is easier to wash and dry,and more comfortable in the hot and humid weather. The original and the traditional sari without a petticoat and blouse was more suitable for Indian weather, but the British introduced the blouse and the petticoat, the blouse being generally tight fitting, can be uncomfortable during summer.
    Sari is also tough on women during winters when women wash clothes, fill water etc - because the lower part gets wet and being 6 yards takes longer to dry. Salwar kurtas, more than jeans have replaced the sari in daily wear.

  70. Oh, so beautifully written. I'm a total sari lover myself. Nothing looks more beautiful than that :)

  71. Trust me, the sari is NOT dead. I used to be the most I-HATE-SARI person around. Today I spend half my work time browsing through saris on online shopping sites. I can't believe it myself. I think no outfit is as beautiful as a sari is. It's more sexy than most revealing dresses. At some point every Indian woman begins to eye saris, cause nothing can make her feel prettier than a sari can.

  72. Loved your blog. Nice blog for draped Sraees. Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog with us.


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